Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer might be off-screen besties and on-screen crime fighting superheroes in their film Thunder Force. But the pair also fight problems off screen and together they combat one of Hollywood’s most tired ongoing wars on women: body policing.
As a mother Melissa McCarthy is trying to raise her daughters up in a world where size doesn’t determine worth.
“People don’t stop at size 12,” Melissa said. “I feel like there’s a big thing missing where you can’t dress to your mood above a certain number. [Malls] segregate plus-size [women]. It’s an odd thing that you can’t go shopping with your friends because your store is upstairs hidden by the tire section. We’ll put you gals over there because we don’t want to see you and you probably don’t want to be seen.
“There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country,” she added. “I would love to be a part of breaking that down.”
Well over a decade ago, Octavia Spencer took to Facebook where she admonished the “weight obsessed media” where she expressed her disdain for how obsessed the press had been with her body.
“First of all, Ladies and Gents here’s what i am NOT DOING….I am NOT WORRYING ABOUT MY WEIGHT! I AM NOT TRYING TO CONFORM TO an unrealistic model of beauty.”
Spencer goes on to say that she is taking steps to be “the healthiest I can be. And before you ask, NO, awards season is not the reason.”